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Hector's Amano inspired 10g

Well I've been lurking and searching this forum for a couple weeks already and I have enough stuff to start my own journal. Since there's no newbie or introduction forum I'll go straight to business! I have about 12 years of combined fresh/saltwater experience so I'm a noob in the planted world but I have some experience. This tank will be about 80% DIY due to a small budget. Lucky for my wife I'm quite handy with tools lol

I'll start with the basics

Bought an AGA 10 gal and de-rimmed it and trimmed the silicone edges



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Spent the next 3 days making my own canopy out of stainless sheetmetal. Its been riveted together and painted with some black Krylon Hammered paint. I suspended it over the tank with some 1/2" EMT








Got some black plastic hole plugs from Lowe's that according to my wife almost makes my canopy setup look store bought Oh and a closeup of the hammered finish on the canopy





A few more details of the canopy. I used some rope thimbles and wrapped and crimped some wire around it. Now all I have to do to take it off is slide it right off!





Bought a $9 bathroom light fixture and some 6500K screw in CFs and let there be light!







My eco-complete also came in today


All my glassware is in transit. 10mm lily pipes, glass diffuser and drop checker should be here by the end of this week.

Here's the highlight of my day today. I went down to the local Petsmart looking for a small, decent, and inexpensive canister filter for this thing that will fit over my lilies and I stumble across the zoo med 501. $60! ouch! Did some quick searching on this forum on it right there at the store (love my iPhone) and found out that reptilesupply.com has it for $28. A little talk with the manager and I walked out of there with the filter for my tank for less than $30 and no waiting on shipping!




And that's about where I'm at right now. I went rock hunting this morning and found some decent pieces of either slate or flint that I'll be using on my tank. I'm still looking for the centerpiece because the ones I found are rather small. I'm looking for the perfect one
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Wow, very well done setup. I too have a de-rimmed 10 gallon setup with a DIY stand (mine started life as a filing cabinet). I really like how you did the lighting, you may find three bulbs too much light, but time will tell.

The only thing I would have done differently is go with more filter. I run an Eheim 2215 on my 10 gallon. It's overkill, but I like having the extra flow.

Hope things work out well for you, looks like you've done your homework already!!


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Stunning start. I love it when DIY comes out so nice. Looking forward to the progressive updates. Wonderful.
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nice diy! how did you convince the manager to knock off 30 bucks? that's cool.
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Isnt the zoomed canister filter tubing 13 mm?
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look really good an professional though i agree you will probably want some more filtration on there

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Wow nice DIY man, looks awesome, i don't even see the hammer finish!


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That light looks great looks like store bought. great idea in the bathroom light. you really got skillz. If you ever want to make another fixture (just the sheet metal part lmk). did you paint the inside white? you may need a bigger filter eventually. But if you stock your tank with about 5-8 nano fish you may get away with it. I had the zoomed 501 on my ADA 60P=18 gallon but I eventually upgraded to a Eheim 2213 still not enough according to some, but I like to stock my tanks with very little fish.I have about 9 small to nano size fish in the 60P.

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nice. keep us posted


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If you heavily plant it and lightly stock it, I think the 501 will be okay if you fill it with the majority of the media being ceramic rings or anything else that will up the biological filtration. You probably will in due time want to upgrade the filter though.


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Awesome DIY. I am a recent DIY addict and love how people take a great idea and find innovative ideas to not only replicate that but take it up a notch higher in terms of ingenuity.

One suggestion on the canopy. Since you have an open top tank you might want to have a protector for the bulbs so that the evaporated moisture does not get in touch with the open bulbs or wiring.. Something like plexiglass/acrylic sheet.

I am sure this is going to be a lovely scape as well. Will be watching on the progress.

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I wish I could see the pictures here at work. I have a 10g that I derimmed awhile back. It looks nice, but I wish I had filed down the edges. Those edges will get you pretty bad. From what I read this will be an awesome setup, but I would agree on upgrading your filter to something better. I had a zoomed 501 on my tank, but it slowly lost the power it once had. I use it on my mini-s now. I now use an Ehiem Ecco(smallest size and works great) on my 10 gal, and I got the glass lily pipes from GLA. Good luck, I can't wait to see how this tank will turn out.
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Really nice work there! Looking forward to seeing this tank progress.

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that's awesome! your $800 phone saved you $30! hehe

no really though. fantastic job on the light.
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that's super cool. Love the diy you have goin on! The zoo med may be too small but could be effective. I use mine on a 2.5 gal and it's just perfect for it. I'd go w/ a larger canister myself, but if you keep everything clean it should be fine.


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